Sunday, May 03, 2009
MY PRINCESS JESS SAVES BEST FOR LAST (QUARTER) IN BEAUGAY
ELMONT, N.Y.-- Lael Stable’s My Princess Jess halted a three-race losing streak and began her 4-year-old campaign as a winner Saturday afternoon, rallying for a 1 ¾-length victory over favored Carribean Sunset (IRE) in the 32nd running of the $109,000 Beaugay for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course at Belmont Park.
The Stormy Atlantic filly, whose previous victory was in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Lake George last July, came on strong in the middle of the “good” course under jockey Cornelio Velasquez after sitting well off a pace of 26.07, 50.57, 1:15.27 and 1:38.97. Are We Dreamin had been the early pacesetter, but was overtaken on the turn by Sunshine for Life, who wilted in midstretch.
Social Queen was a neck behind in third, followed by Sunshine for Life, Scolara, Follow My Dreams, Dyna’s Lassie, Borrowing Base and Are We Dreamin.
By the Light, entered for the main-track only, was scratched.
Winning trainer Barclay Tagg of My Princess Jess (No. 4): “Cornelio (Velasquez) rode her perfectly. I told him to tuck her in and wait until she got past the quarter-pole. He started to take a little more position there, which was fine. She really explodes if you wait until she gets past the quarter-pole. She has that quarter-mile in her, no more. She really gives you an explosive quarter-mile. I don’t know what’s next for her.”
Winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez: “She broke good. I was covering up behind horses and then when I asked her at the quarter-pole she just started passing them. She finished good – she’s a nice filly, too.”
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